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Mandalay Tips?

Discussion in 'LV Strip Hotels & Casinos' started by Breeze147, Sep 23, 2013.

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  1. Breeze147

    Breeze147 Button Man

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    I'm going to break the spell of 8 straight trips on the North/Central Strip. I have walked through MB and saw Santana at the House Of Blues.

    I know about the trams. Very convenient to a slew of other properties.

    What other tricks should I know? I'm looking at the week after the 4th of July. Yes, I know it will be hot.
     
  2. UKFanatic

    UKFanatic The Arbiter of Taste Caviar Kid

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    Well, I don't know about "tricks", but some good aspects of MB:

    Great pool complex. Maybe the best of the Strip. So take advantage of that July heat.

    Several good restaurants. Not a big fan of their buffet or coffee shop, but the fine dining is excellent with some good variety.

    Great sports book. If you like sports, this is one of the better ones.

    FYI, I wouldn't say the tram can take you to a slew of other properties. Only Luxor and Excalibur. And their are some fun shops between Luxor and MB, so walking is often the better course to take.

    Enjoy
     
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    Thank you for the tips.

    What I meant about the tram is you can go to Luxor and Excalibur, over the bridge to NYNY, across another bridge to MGM, another bridge to the Trop and Hooters, go back the other way for Monte Carlo and the City Center complex.

    That sort of piques my interest because I don't spend a lot of time South Strip unless I have a show there.

    Keep 'em coming!:beer:
     
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    I recommend hitting the border grill at least once. It is hidden back by the convention center and if you don't go there or to Shark Reef, you may never pass it. Excellent food and a terrific brunch.

    Burger Bar is also pretty good. Solid beer selection and the buttermilk zucchini fries were extremely addictive.

    My wife and I went to Stripsteak last time because we had a Restaurant.com voucher. Steaks were good, but the complimentary duck fat fries were ridiculously good. I think I might go back just for them.

    And if you get a chance, head up to the bar in Mixx before 10. They don't cover before then and it is pretty dead, but you can sit there, have a drink and enjoy the view.

    Finally, a time saving tip. There are 2 trams that go between MB and Excalibur, The express train does not stop at Luxor and is closer to the street. Both trams let off at the same spot at Mandalay Bay but there are 2 separate stations at Excalibur and depending on where you are going, it may be worth waiting for the other train because one station forces you to walk though the hotel to get out to the bridges that connect to NYNY and Tropicana. Wish I could tell you which one, but I forget. Maybe someone else can help.
     
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    Both trams ultimately reach the station closest to the NYNY and Trop bridges. The non-express one, however, stops at Excalibur, which seems like the last stop (since its a MB to Excalibur tram), but if you stay onboard, it still goes to the tram station by the bridges. And that's definitely the stop you want if you are trying to bypass Excalibur. Otherwise you get stuck walking through that maze of a hotel to find the bridges
     
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    Ahh, I got off to early last time I was there. Got off and had no idea where I was.
     
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    UKFanatic The Arbiter of Taste Caviar Kid

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    I did the same years ago. So confused :confused2:
     
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    Well, know he knows, and...

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    You should also be aware that the Mandalay Bay tram closes. Usually it closes at 10:30 PM on weekdays and 12:30 AM on Weekends (no idea when it starts up again). I've had to cab back (or walk, when I'm feeling more adventurous) through Luxor and Excalibur several times before because of late-night gambling in the Lotus Room. After doing this several nights in a row, I finally know how to get through Excalibur. The first 2 times I was in Excalibur it took me about 30 minutes of being lost to get to the strip, their signage is horrible.

    Does anyone know if the Aria tram is 24 hours?
     
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    I agree, the Excalibur is very confusing to get through but I did always enjoy walking through the Luxor and the mall. Some of my favorite restaurants are in the mall also. I also enjoyed at night sitting in some restaurant/bar there that had a live band at night. I found great cocktail serves there too.
     
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    Luxor is pretty easy to navigate, but Excalibur is just a mess.

    Not sure if the Aria tram is 24 hours, but I have seen it running as late as 2AM from my room at Aria
     
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    The Happy hour at Red Square isn't as good of a deal as it used to be. They changed owners and the appetizers they have are not at as good of a value as used to be an they also aren't as good.

    If you are staying at TheHotel you can shave off some distance when walking to some areas by cutting through the valet area.

    There are two entrances to the pool area. One is accessed from the MB elevators and the other is closer to the convention center, shark reef, or Diego's.

    If you like the lazy river, you no longer have to buy or rent your float from MB. They allow outside floats in and many people bring them.

    When I went to the pool early I wanted coffee but they didn't have any. They told me any food/drink bought on property could be brought taken to the pool (i.e. Starbucks).

    The poolside casino has limited hours. I think its maybe open only on the weekends.
     
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    Hmmm.

    Border Grill is my absolute favorite restaurant. Delicious for any meal, it's pretty hidden back by the convention space, so you may not instantly think to go there, but I highly recommend it.

    Stripsteak is also excellent. Very expensive but they have a good prix fix menu. For a cheaper alternative, we found Tender at Luxor to be very good.

    Go to the Four Seasons! We had breakfast at Verdanah and it was great, they have a patio if the weather is nice. Also coffee at Press was great. If anything it's great because there is never a crowd over there. The line at Raffles was like 40 minutes long, we walked right into Verdanah.. Same for Starbucks.. also easy access from the lobby just to the right of registration.

    I really like playing slots there if that's your thing. Very spaced out casino which is nice.

    If you can get up to mIX the view is incredible... I know the hotel is about to close for a while for renovations (December I think) so I'm unsure of it's fate though!

    Also, I got majorly long hauled there from the airport.. hopefully can avoid that! They took like 3 freeways and the ramp around Russell Road, it was over $22, insane. (in contrast, it was $13 when we returned to the airport)
     
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    The Excalibur is a nightmare. I love staying at Mandalay because it's got great rooms that usually can be had for cheap, but they've also got great restaurants. StripSteak is the best of the Vegas steakhouses, if you ask me. Also love the sports book, especially in the mornings. You can play VP and get free drinks for a minimal outlay. Very cool. Also love the spa.
     
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